Many of the discomforts of the first trimester of pregnancy should be easing up, including your morning sickness, mood swings, and fatigue. Although your bump isn’t that large yet and you probably don’t need maternity clothes, you may find that your favorite pair of jeans no longer fit. Some women find that baggy clothes and sweat pants are more comfortable now than their regular clothes.
In addition to your expanding belly, at 14 weeks pregnant you might find yourself more eager than ever to exercise. Most women have much more energy at this time in their pregnancy to embark on a pregnancy exercise fitness program. Exercise will not only help you during labor and delivery, but it will help you feel better about your body before, during and after pregnancy.
Now is a wonderful time to start talking to your baby. Your little bundle of joy’s ears have developed to the point that he or she can hear some sounds from the outside world, such as their mama’s voice. Consider reading a book, or simply have a conversation with your baby about what you’re doing.
Congratulations, you are showing! By 16 weeks pregnant, it may be hard to hide your growing “bump” from the world. As your pregnancy continues, you will be amazed at how fast your belly grows. It won’t be long before you need to start shopping for maternity wear. Most women are feeling pretty good at now.
If you haven’t already, you will soon start to feel the tiny fluttering of your baby swimming in your uterus. Your baby is full of life in your womb – flipping, flopping, and doing somersaults! If you aren’t already feeling your baby’s movements, it won’t be too long now. Most pregnant women notice fetal movement between 16 and 22 weeks pregnant.
You’re probably feeling pretty good this week. Your pregnancy symptoms at 18 weeks pregnant are usually mild, and not too bothersome. Your energy levels are higher than they were in the first trimester, and you may have also noticed an increased in libido. Vivid, crazy dreams are also normal now and throughout the second and third trimesters.
Taking a hot bath when you’re pregnant is fine, as long as the water stays underneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb is to dip your foot into the tub, and if it’s too hot to touch, you’ll want to turn on some cold water to cool it down. The water should be a comfortable level for you to soak in.
At 20 weeks pregnant, you are definitely sporting your “baby bump.” For most women, there is no more hiding your pregnancy, even if you wanted to. You have reached your halfway mark – only 20 more weeks until your baby is born! Just keep in mind that only 5 percent of babies will be born on their actual due date.
By 21 weeks pregnant, many expectant moms have already felt their baby’s movements. In some cases, these movements may be strong enough for dad to share in the excitement. Let him place his hand on your belly, and let this be an opportunity for the two of you to bond over your impending arrival.
At 22 weeks pregnant, everything is expanding on your body – from your belly to your breasts to your thighs and even your butt! In fact, don’t be surprised if strangers start to come up to you and want to touch your belly. Depending on the kind of person you are, you may welcome this attention or you may feel uncomfortable.
Your baby has lots of room to move in your uterus, so his or her movements are probably quite strong. You probably will feel lots of flipping and flopping, and may even notice your stomach moving about! This is a wonderful experience, so cherish these moments.
At first, when you feel your baby’s movements, they may seem random, even though your baby continues to move on a regular basis. If you start paying attention to when your baby moves, you will notice patterns of sleepiness and wakefulness. Believe it or not, but babies do sleep in the womb.
At 25 weeks pregnant, you are positively glowing and in the prime of your pregnancy. You’ll be measuring bigger, but you’re not yet bulky. Your friends and family are probably showering you with plenty of attention. Embrace and love each minute of attention that’s being poured on you.
You’ve probably had family and friends guess if you are having a boy or girl, simply by looking at how you’re “carrying” your baby. According to the old wives’ tale, if you are “carrying high” you are pregnant with a girl. If you’re “carrying low” you’re going to have a boy..